The White Paper ‘The Importance of Teaching’ two years ago announced that the National College for School Leadership would be given the remit for developing chairs of governing bodies. A good chair is one of eight essential elements of effective governance. Over the past 18 months the National College has been preparing material for the programme, including a short pilot last term.
National College has given licenses to twelve partnerships to deliver the programme across the country - see the list of all 12 licensees.
The Leading Governance Group: The NGA and Eastern Leadership Centre (ELC) have formed an exciting new partnership which has been awarded a licence by the National College to provide training for chairs and aspiring chairs of governing bodies.
The partnership will work across England, with the exception of the North West, to provide the new National College programme. The NGA and ELC are leading a large partnership of many local providers comprising of Local Authorities and Teaching Schools. The Chairs of Governors' Leadership Development Programme provides opportunities for chairs to develop their leadership skills through facilitated workshops, online activities, personal reflection and school-based learning. Unlike similar training programmes, the emphasis is not on tasks and how to chair a meeting, but rather on developing chairs that can support and lead their governing body with confidence. With school improvement as a key theme across the programme, each unit has been designed to help school governors focus on the essential elements of being an effective chair.
Benefits of the programme
First and foremost, it should make a difference to the strategic leadership of the school, improving the experience of children and their outcomes.
But in addition there will be other spin-offs in that you will:
- develop your leadership skills in a flexible way
- feel confident and ready for Ofsted
- develop your relationship with your headteacher and your ability to support and challenge effectively
- support succession planning of your governing body by encouraging your vice chair to become involved at the same time
- get to know other local chairs and aspiring chairs, a benefit which can outlast the programme itself
Emma Knights explains the NGA’s role in the programme in the November/December 2012 edition of Governing Matters.
We are currently planning training in the following areas:
The whole East of England region (Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Thurrock, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend, and Suffolk), and also in other areas where we have been invited by a local partner, including: Buckinghamshire, Derby, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, LB Barking and Dagenham, LB Enfield, LB Harrow, LB Havering, LB Newham, LB Redbridge, Leeds, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, South Gloucestershire, Stoke-on-Trent and Worcestershire.
We are open to discussions to work in other areas if local partners – local authorities, dioceses, teaching schools or other alliances or schools partnerships – invite us. We are happy to deliver in all regions of the country, apart from the North West where we are referring enquiries to Governors’ Network North West.
Find out more on the Leading Governance website.
If you would like to circulate information on the partnership, download this flyer.
The Chair’s Development Programme has a RRP of £350, but the National College is providing scholarships for some participants to make the programme as accessible as possible. There are two types: a full scholarship of £350 for participants from small schools (100 pupils or less according to the most recent Pupil Level Annual School Census) or a part scholarship of £175 for participants from schools that are ‘satisfactory’ or ‘require improvement.’ There is a limited fund, so apply early to make sure you receive one of these scholarships. You have to apply via your training provider.
If you think you meet the eligibility criteria and are based in one of the areas in which the Leading Governance partnership is delivering the training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your scholarship while funds last.